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We are the authority on everything Meetings-related. Our lunch-hour workshops focus on the ins and outs of this industry to grow and share knowledge with our peers. We invite Facilitators, Meeting Planners, Retreat Programming Coordinators, Administrative Assistants and everyone in between to get insider insight with a delectable meal!

Join us as Brendan Sullivan shows us proven techniques to tackle Public Speaking in Meetings and beyond!

Lunch & Learn: Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Catalyst Ranch Events

What’s at stake when you speak to an audience? Your project? Your credibility? Your company’s reputation? A promotion? Your job?

Unfortunately, whether you are speaking to two people or two thousand, your audience judges you on how you present your ideas, as well as the ideas themselves. There are simple physical adjustments you can make to appear more confident, knowledgeable, relaxed, engaging, approachable and professional.

In this interactive session, Brendan will share some of these techniques which you will then be able to apply immediately in order to become a more effective speaker and presenter, no matter what communication situation you face.


Admission price of $10 includes a mouth-watering meal from our catering partner Big Delicious Planet.

  • Purchase your admission by Thursday, October 24.
  • Please email bryan@catalystranch.com with any dietary restrictions.

About Our Presenter for Lunch & Learn: Improve Your Public Speaking Skills:

Brendan Sullivan is an experienced presentation skills, public speaking and communication skills coach. He has coached and trained thousands of professionals to be more effective speakers and presenters over the last 15 years. Find more at www.bpscommunicationskills.com.

Brendan has coached and trained presentation skills directly on his own, as well as through a number of presentation skills providers, including Communispond, Vautier Communications, IMPAX, Hit Your Stride, Corporate Learning Institute and other training companies.

Brendan has taught and coached presentation and public speaking skills as a corporate class, as an open enrollment course, to project teams before “the big one”, and as private coaching for senior leaders. He has also spoken on the topic of presentation skills in keynote addresses and as breakout sessions at business conferences.

Brendan has taught these skills to employees of many large and small organizations, including GE, Lockheed Martin, Kimberly-Clark, AT&T, Aetna, Whirlpool, Walmart, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sherwin Williams, US Steel, Verizon, Charles Schwab, Abbott Labs and many others. Brendan has also taught presentation skills as an adjunct professor at DePaul University.

Brendan’s training style is influenced by his early career as an advertising sales manager for the New York Times Magazine Group. There he delivered many sales presentations to Fortune 500 consumer products companies and their advertising agencies.

Brendan’s style is also impacted by his lifetime of experience as a professional improvisational actor, teacher and coach, trained at the world famous Second City Conservatory. Brendan still performs in Chicago on Monday evenings when he’s not traveling.

Brendan is also a creativity coach, helping individuals and teams to create a culture of collaborative creativity and innovation (see www.creativitycoach.net), as well as a published novelist, and commercial/film actor. Brendan and his wife Susan are the parents of four children.


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